Skip to main content

Small Graces

Hello, I hope you've all had a good week!  Nothing major happening around our house lately. We are continuing to make progress with painting and enjoying the summer weather.

Last Sunday we had a simple celebration for Father's Day. Jeremy is such a devoted dad! His patience and his ability to guide our kids amazes me. They all adore him, which causes me to adore him even more. 


To celebrate their grandpa the kids helped me make scotcheroos. They had never had them before are currently obsessed. 


The boys have become great explorers and are constantly bringing me creepy crawlies of all sorts. They caught a turtle, who we decided to keep...I'll have to post pictures of him soon. I didn't get this on film but Mini Man also caught a bird this past week. If you haven't already you can read about it here



Probably one of our biggest highlights so far this summer had been our playground tour. I've got plans to do some simple post on the playgrounds we are visiting - there are so many good ones in this area. 


Since we live in the Fox Valley lots of the parks we've been visiting are near the river or have creeks - this has been a great delight to the boys. 





When we are home, and not doing school, the kids are usually running around with the neighborhood children. We feel very blessed that our neighbors also have kids and that nobody seems to mind extra little bodies running through their backyards or sitting on their porches. The only downside is that my kids are consuming far too many treats. I've recently caught on that they've created a little route. The kids congregate on one porch and asks for a treat only to move to another one in an hour or so. 



A weekly reflection inspired in part by Bob Bennett's song "Small Graces".

These are the small graces, little moments when the miracles come...
Small graces leading me to the larger one...
they are a reminder to the heart there is more to this life than meets they eye...
He is in the small graces, the little moments when the miracles come...

small graces pointing me to the larger one...
little glimpses of the kingdom come

Comments

  1. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww your kids are so adorable.....Summer is really a great time to bond!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment - you make me smile :)

Popular posts from this blog

Preschool Syllabus: Dr. Seuss

Normally I'd do a Dr. Seuss unit in March around his birthday. We had to do one now though because on Saturday Big Buddy and I going on a date to a Dr. Seuss exhibit. The exhibit is only at the museum until January and I'm afraid if we don't go now we might not get the chance.

We are of course reading lots of Dr. Seuss's books. A great advatage to studying Dr. Seuss in November rather than March is that all his books were available at the library. I also found a great children's biography which is perfect for preschoolers.


 We've read it a couple times and Big Buddy loves reciting all the facts he's learned


WRITING CENTER ADDITIONS


LEARNING "TRAYS" -I rotate these, setting out about four a day from which the boy's can choose.





Paint Chip Word Families

We haven't been doing a ton of school work this summer but we have tried to fit in a little reading practice everyday. We are currently working our way through Bob Books and The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading - I  highly recommend both. I saw this idea for paint chip word families on Pinterest several months ago and knew it would be one we'd have to try. I changed it up a little bit so that the the strips pulled through the word family cards.  

My supplies: large white paint chips, various colors of paint chips, sharpie, scissors, and an x-acto knife
 Step 1: Because my colored paint chips were so wide I folded and cut them in half.

Step 2: In the center of the white paint-chip, use the x-acto knife to cut two openings, at the top and bottom of the white square, the width of the color strip. 

Step 3: Use the sharpie to write letters on paint chips (a list of word families can be found here
Step 4: Pull strip through word family card 

 Step 5: Have fun readi…

A Knightly Affair

This past Saturday we had a joint birthday celebration for Big Buddy (6) and Mini Man (4). They have both been intrigued with knights and dragons for a while now so that's the theme we chose. 

Papa and Maca Lindsey were gracious enough to let us host the party in their backyard/secret garden, it was the perfect setting. 

In leu of traditional party favors, we outfitted the party guests with a sword, surcoat, and shield. Everyone's surcoat and shield was emblazoned with their sigil/initial.





The shields were also our party craft. They are cardboard which Jeremy cut with a laser cutter. I then hot glued and taped (double reinforcement!) ribbon on the back for handles. The kids used dot markers to decorate the shields. This worked out really well because the cardboard absorbs the ink so fast that drying is almost instantaneous.


In addition to the shields we also had a few other themed activities: a dragon catapult, sand castle building, a row of balloons for sword practice, and t…